Diffability Hollywood Review

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Raphael Raphael


disability studies, film


What does disability mean in film?  What is life like for a working actor with a visible disability? What are the contradictory ways in which those who self-identify as disabled respond to cinematic portrayals of disability?  These are some of the questions explored in filmmaker Adrian Esposito’s remarkable documentary Diffability Hollywood.  The film explores representations of disability in film as well as the lives of young performers with disabilities, tracking their careers in film and television.  It is a unique work, hosted within the film by Esposito, who himself identifies as autistic. Diffability Hollywood provides a well-rounded historical overview of representations of disability in film.....

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